Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 3-5

Chicago Craft Beer Events, September 3-5
The KBS in my header means it's being tapped this week!

Calling craft beer bars: Who's got some beer specials for Bears opening day this Sunday? Will you be pouring great beers for every game this season? If you can do better than a "bucket of Buds," let me know!

It's a short week since I fit in Monday's events over the Labor Day weekend. But there sure is a lot going on this week!

Wednesday, September 4

Revolution Beer Tapping: Oktoberfest
Revolution Brewing Bewpub, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 773-227-BREW
Oktoberfest, our fall seasonal brew returns to the brewpub and the brewery tap room (3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago).

4:00 pm ♦ Wednesday Tapping at Tribes Mokena
The Tribes Alehouse, 11220 W. Lincoln Hwy, Mokena, IL (815) 464-0248
Boulevard Saison Brett

5:00 pm ♦ Lagunitas Mason Jar Night
Monk's Pub, 205 W. Lake St., Chicago (312) 357-6665
Three beers from Lagunitas on tap, and keep the Lagunitas Mason jar while supplies last!

7:00 pm ♦ Une Année Brewery/DryHop Collaboration Release Party
DryHop Brewers, 3155 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago (773-857-3155
Let’s celebrate Une Année Brewery and Owner/Head Brewer Jerry Nelson with a release party for his first three batches of beer, featuring the Une Année/DryHop collab, The Devil’s Reign.
Tapping schedule is as follows:
7pm – Une Année’s Maya, a 7.7% Belgian IPA dryhopped with an abundance of American hops.
8pm – Une Année’s Less is More, a 4.4% summer Saison brewed with orange zest and juice.
9pm – The release of our collab with Une Année and Jerry’s first batch. The Devil’s Reign, a 9.1% Belgian Golden Strong brewed using American hops Simcoe and Citra instead of traditional German. Poured from a firkin.

7:00 pm ♦ Bell's Oracle Limited Release
Jerry's - Wicker Park, 1938 W. Division, Chicago.(773) 235-1006
Bell's Oracle is an extremely limited and rare beer, but the wisdom that it holds is worth every bit of the trials and tribulations required to obtain it. Or, you could just skip the whole trials and tribulations bit, and come by Jerry's for a couple of delicious beers. The Voice of the Divine will pour from a beer tap at Jerry's-Wicker Park.
Tap List:
Bell's Oracle 2IPA (Taps at 7 pm sharp.)
Bell's Best Brown Ale (Fall Seasonal. Release Party.)
Bell's Two Hearted
Bell's Octoberfest
In addition, we'll have our usual array of bottles from Kalamazoo's finest: Bell's Amber, Lager of the Lakes, Kalamazoo Stout, Two Hearted, and Midwest Pale Ale. Bell's own Monica Mooney will be on hand for the party to say hi, raise a glass, and discuss all things Bell's.

Thursday, September 5

Rock Bottom Chicago Rocktoberfest Tapping
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W. Grand Ave., Chicago (312) 755-9339
We will be throwing our annual Rocktoberfest Tapping Party to celebrate! Complimentary brew sampler and appetizers, lederhosen all around, live music by the The Bratwurst Brothers and a portion of the proceeds benefiting People's Music School.

6:00 pm ♦ Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest Tapping
Rock Bottom Yorktown Center, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL (630) 424-1550
Join us to kick off one of our favorite times of year. Jim Wolfer is brewing up his most delicious Marzen to celebrate Octoberfest this year. Chef Marleny Soto and team have all the assorted sausages and pretzel buns you can imagine. Please join the entire team along with the DeSimone Family Foundation and raise a pint to celebrate the season and give back to a very near and dear organization. Come out for your chance to win in the cash give away, prizes, and of course outstanding food and beer!

Expect to see a Rocktoberfest tapping today at the other local RB's, too.

4:00 pm ♦ Thursday Tapping at Tribes Alehouse Tinley
The Tribes Alehouse, 9501 W. 171st St., Tinley Park, IL (708) 966-2051
Southern Tier Pumking.

5:30 - 8:30 pm ♦ Charity Tap Takeover
Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen, 110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (815) 356-9980
This Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training charity event will feature a cash raffle, great beer themed prizes, beer from Big Bay Brewing Co. of Wisconsin, Bell's, and Summit Brewing Co.

6:00 - 8:00 pm ♦ Goose Island "Be a Brewmaster" Contest
Stout Barrel House, 642 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 475-1390
Goose Island and Stout Barrel House and Galley team up for a "Be a Brewmaster" beer-themed event. From 6-8 p.m., participating guests each receive a raffle ticket (additional raffle tickets are awarded with purchase of Goose Island beer) that may win prizes. First prize is a 312 customized bicycle, given away at 8 p.m. The bike winner is then entered in the "Be a Brewmaster" contest, for the chance to collaborate with Goose Island Brewmaster Nick Barron. The winner (chosen at a later date) and two friends will assist Barron in brewing and naming their own beer. When the beer is ready, Goose Island will host a keg tapping party where the winner and Nick Barron will ceremoniously tap the first keg of beer.
Stout will offer the following Goose Island brews:
Bourbon County Brand Stout $14, 13oz draft
Forcone Pale Ale $6, 17oz draft
Matilda Belgian Strong Pale Ale $8, 13oz draft
Sofie Belgian Farmhouse Ale $9, 12oz bottle

6:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ Berghoff Oktoberfest Keg Tapping
The Berghoff's Century Room, 17 W. Adams St, Chicago (312) 427-3170
Our “Tapping of the Keg” event kicks off our annual Oktoberfest! The highlight of the evening will be the official Berghoff Oktoberfest keg tapping at 7:30 pm with an official prost by Berghoff Brewery representatives. WGN’s David Kaplan will be broadcasting live from our historic Century Room from 7-10 pm. Samples of the freshly made Oktoberfest seasonal will be offered immediately following the tapping. Make sure to wear your authentic German attire for a chance to win our “Germaniac” costume contest. Come early to enjoy complimentary pretzels and to enter your name in our raffle for a chance to win great door prizes; including Chicago sports tickets, Berghoff prize packages, and many more!

7:00 - 10:00 pm ♦ 6th Annual Charity Beer Tasting Fundraiser
The Bar on Buena, 910 W. Buena Ave, Chicago 773-525-8665
An evening of craft beer tastings and appetizers: $40 per person includes tastings from nearly 40 craft, import and spirits brands and appetizers provided by Johnny Van Smokehouse. PLUS- Enter our raffle that night for a chance to win beer-related merchandise and much more!
Proceeds from this event will go towards the Women’s Health Initiative at Swedish Covenant Hospital.
This event will sell out, so sign up now..To register, visit

Coming up soon…

Saturday, Sep. 7

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm ♦ Rockford's 3rd Annual Screw City Beer Fest
Intersection of State & Main Sts., Downtown Rockford, IL
General Admission - $25 (advance) $30 (day of festival - if available):
Purchase online at
View the list of over 40 participating breweries on our website. Note: some of these are brewers who have not yet penetrated the Chicago market.

5:00 pm ♦ The Beer Bistro's 8th Anniversary Party & Slapshot Brewing Launch
The Beer Bistro, 1061 W. Madison, Chicago (312) 433-0013
Come celebrate the 8th Anniversary of the Beer Bistro with the launch of Chicago's newest brewery, Slapshot Brewing!

Sunday, Sep. 8

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm ♦ Kegs for Kids Fundraiser at Hopleaf
Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St. Chicago (773) 334-9851
Our 4th annual Craft Beer Tasting Party—for adults, of course— will again be held here at Hopleaf the first Sunday afternoon in September. More details to follow, but tickets are available in advance for $40 at this link. Purchase of tickets immediately gets you registered for the silent auction. ALL proceeds go to benefit quality public school education at Helen C. Peirce Elementary School on Bryn Mawr in our Edgewater!

12:00 pm ♦ Belgian Fest 2013
Goose Island Brewpub, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 915-0071
Once again, this event sold out in about 5 minutes. I have no connections, but you might.

Monday, Sep. 9

Fouinders Night with KBS at Scofflaw
Scofflaw, 3201 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago 773-252-9700
Featuring on draft:
Founders Pale Ale, Breakfast Stout, Curmudgeon, Backwoods Bastard and Devil Dancer.
We’ve also got a few truly rare and spectacular bottles for your Founders drinking pleasure:
Kentucky Breakfast Stout: Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels, 11.2% ABV
Doom: Imperial IPA aged in bourbon barrels, 10% ABV
Bolt Cutter: Barley Wine, 15% ABV

I hope this counts as early enough warning!

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